With high oil prices, war and inflation, the meeting will be an opportunity for airlines to take stock
Aviation industry leaders will meet in the Qatari capital from 19 to 22 June 2022.
The 78th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS) will welcome aviation industry leaders to discuss political, economic and technological issues that the sector is currently facing.
The three-day conference will welcome more than 750 senior aviation industry delegates, 240 IATA member airlines and 150 international media, all gathering to discuss emerging global trends that will shape the airline industry.
One of the key topics on the agenda will be sustainability with a focus on how to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050
The event will also cover what the industry can do to address the challenges of carbon offsets and the production of sustainable and lower carbon aviation fuels, in order to deliver environmentally sound solutions.
Having previously hosted the event in Doha in 2014, Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker, said he was proud to continue the relationship, commenting: “We are a strong supporter of IATA and this year’s AGM is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our renowned Qatari hospitality, together with the new infrastructural developments in our country in preparation for the World Cup.
“Given that the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the first in the Middle East and Arab world, this is the perfect opportunity not only for Qatar, but also for the region as a whole to show the rest of the world how we can host mega events, and welcome visitors and football fans from around the world.”
IATA director general Willie Walsh added: “Next week, Doha will be transformed into the global capital of air transport. Aviation leaders from around the world gather for the 78th IATA AGM amid a recovery from Covid-19 that is in full swing.
“Attendees will review progress on gender diversity and the industry’s determination to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And with high oil prices, war and inflation the gathering will be an opportunity for airlines to take stock of the economic challenges ahead of them. The agenda will be full.”
Qatar Airways has also partnered with IATA to launch a voluntary carbon offset programme for passengers, as well as its cargo and corporate clients, and has secured the IATA Environmental Assessment Programme (IEnvA) accreditation.